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Consistent Trend in US Drone Strikes: Tweeting reports very disturbing

Posted on: December 16, 2012

Consistent Trend in US Drone Strikes: Tweeting reports very disturbing

NYU student Josh Begley is tweeting every reported U.S. drone strike since 2002, and the feed highlights a disturbing tactic employed by the U.S. that is widely considered a war crime.

Known as the “double tap,” the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders.

Michael Kelley posted in Business Insider on Dec. 12, 2012, under “The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend
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2007 report by the Homeland Security Institute called double taps a “favorite tactic of Hamas” and the FBI considers it a tactic employed by terrorists.

Christof HeynsUN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, said that if there are “secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping (the injured) after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime.”

The U.S. refuses to discuss the merits of its overtly covert drone program, but the reports featured on @dronestream clearly document that U.S. hellfire missiles have intentionally targeted funerals and civilian rescuers.

Jun 18, 2009: 2 drone missiles killed 1 person. When rescuers rushed to the scene, 2 more struck, killing 8 (Pakistan) nytimes.com/2009/06/19/wor…

Jun 23, 2009: Up to 80 more people were killed when several US drones targeted a funeral (Pakistan) aljazeera.com/news/asia/2009…

Jan 6, 2010: Shortly after the first strike, as the rescue efforts were underway, the death toll rose to 15 (Pakistan) aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010…

Apr 16, 2010: Missiles fired from US drones killed 4 in Tolkhel, hitting a car and people rushing in to help (Pakistan) google.com/hostednews/afp…

And that’s only a 10-month window in Pakistan. It has happened in Afghanistan as well, and the first instance of “explicit intelligence posthumously proving” that an innocent civilian had been killed happened in Yemen.

In September the NYU and Stanford law schools released a report detailing how double taps by U.S. drones affect the Pakistani population, and noted that “high-level” militants killed only accounted for 2 percent of U.S. drone strike casualties.

Note 1: Drone protesters blocked? https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/new-comers-on-the-block-anti-drone-protesters-blocked-with-broad-restraining-order/

Note 2: Obama May Need The NDAA To Justify Widespread Use Of Drones

Note3:  http://www.businessinsider.com/us-drone-tweets-reveal-double-tap-plan-2012-12#ixzz2Ex4FSU8D

Note 4: Dronestream@dronestream Every reported US drone strike, from 2002-2012. Launching Tuesday, December 11 at 12pm ET. For @rushkoff‘s Narrative Lab. By@joshbegley.

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